§ Mr. Dodds-Parker
asked the Minister of Aviation what consideration he gave to the suitability of British equipment before agreeing to the selection of United States transponders for the Concord prototype aircraft.
§ Mr. Roy Jenkins
The Anglo-French organisation which selects equipment for the Concord aircraft considered fully the British, French and American transponders available. These included British 27W manufactured equipment which is being purchased for new aircraft by both B.O.A.C. and B.E.A., but which is of higher performance than was considered necessary for the Concord prototypes. The choice of supplier for the transponders for the pre-production and production aircraft is open, and I hope that it will prove possible to select British or French equipment for these stages.